Learning how to ride a motorcycle can be daunting. There’s always that fear that you might fall off to one side and injure yourself. The trick is to follow a guide with the proper order of steps. This minimizes the risk of getting injured and it makes learning easier for you. Here is a beginner’s guide on how to ride a motorcycle.
Enroll in a motorcycle safety course
The course will provide an instructor that will teach you everything about driving safely. The proper riding techniques will be taught. This course is usually a requirement for a license. If you’re a beginner, then check out the basic rider course. It is perfect for you.
Some centers can lend a motorcycle if you do not have one. The course also includes some classroom sessions for other topics.
Learn the controls
Riding a motorcycle is not just about balance. It also includes a mastery of the controls. You need to know where everything is so that you can drive without thinking too much. A road is a busy place and you need to drive effortlessly. Practice until you know the hand clutch, the gear shifter, the throttle, the rear brake, and all the other controls.
Mount the bike
Start from the left side of the bike. Grab the left handlebar then swing your right foot over the seat. Once you have saddled the bike, make sure that both of your feet are planted firmly on the ground.
Then, reach for all the controls. Make sure that you can touch and use everything comfortably. You should expect the weight of the bike underneath you. Before you drive the bike, go over all the controls first.
Start the engine
Start your engine, but always keep your eye on the kill switch in case you need to stop the bike. The kill switch is usually a red button that is located by the right handlebar. Turn the switch on.
Some bikes start differently than the others. Most modern bikes do not require a kickstart. Turn the key in the ignition position and check if the lights and gauges are operating. Let your bike warm up for about a minute before you drive it. Once you feel comfortable about everything, start driving your bike. Don’t hesitate to ask your instructor for any questions you might have.